Open Legislative Data in Paris II: Time has come for Law Tracking: Conference, 28 May 2014: Links and resources

Open Legislative Data in Paris II: Time has come for Law Tracking, a conference, is being held 28 May 2014 at Sciences Po in Paris.

The conference is being organized by La Fabrique de la Loi (The Law Factory Project), whose participants include Regards Citoyens and Sciences Po.

Click here for the conference program.

The Twitter hashtags for the event were #lawiscode and #codeislaw

Click here for a storify of Twitter tweets and photos from the conference.

Click here for archived Twitter tweets from the conference, in .csv format.

The API for data from the French national parliament being discussed at the event is at: http://www.lafabriquedelaloi.fr/api/

Here is a description of the conference, from the conference Website:

We welcome proposals on any aspects of law tracking in parliaments linked to the use of computer science, be it in order to present existing projects, to explore new tools, to discuss their effects, to analyze legislatures through open parliamentary data…

Special attention will be given to the following areas:

  • The technical challenges of tracking bills in parliaments. How do we deal with missing data? Should committees and floor amendments be treated the same? How do we connect the versions of the bills with the mountains of amendments? What should be done with the so numerous failed amendments?
  • The esthetical challenges of tracking bills in parliaments. Which kind of visualization is optimal for making sense of a process as manifold as law making? Where should the focus be placed? How can digital design help?
  • The ethical challenges of tracking bills in parliaments. Does the treatment of big corpora of legislative data really tell us something about the quality of a given democracy? Is it possible, for instance, to specify patterns of lobbying through law tracking?

This conference follows on a 2012 conference: Open Legislative Data in Paris: A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics.

For additional resources related to the 2014 event, please see the comments to this post.

HT @parltrack

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